Kim Atkinson

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, GA, USA

Kim Atkinson is a correspondent who lives in Atlanta and covers numerous destinations for Forbes Travel Guide. Her love for travel took hold when her family moved to London, where she graduated from high school. Since then, she's visited more than 40 countries and almost every U.S. state. She was the founding editor of Niche Media’s Boston Common magazine, executive editor at Boston Magazine, and covered travel as an editor at More Magazine. Atkinson has contributed travel and lifestyle stories to Cosmopolitan, Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Chicago Tribune and other outlets. In addition, she's taught news and magazine writing and editing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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  • On September 30, 2013
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    What is the design style of The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel?

    The design style of The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel is Vegas meets Venice. In this opulent replica of an Italian village, you’ll quickly find yourself transported to a world very different from the Portuguese- and Chinese-influenced one outside the resort doors. The large lobby of the hotel boasts marble columns, a large gold fountain centerpiece and brightly painted mural ceilings channeling the Sistine Chapel. From the main lobby, you can quickly find yourself surrounded by slots and black jack tables on the casino floor, where the flashing lights offer a nice contrast to the sculptural glass chandeliers. Upstairs at the level-three shops, stroll alongside canals and over bridges on Grand Canal Street or toward St. Mark’s Plaza. Romantics can take a gondola ride with the captain dressed appropriately in a striped shirt and a straw hat with a red scarf, just like in Venice.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    Where is The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel located?

    The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel is located on Estrada de Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca on Macau’s Taipa Island. It would be hard to miss the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort, which is more like a mini village than a hotel, complete with Venice-inspired facades, canals and its own St. Mark’s bell tower. The Macau hotel is accessible by a quick six-minute taxi or a complimentary shuttle bus from the Cotai Jet Ferry. While the luxury hotel offers everything from mini golf to gaming — so there is little need to leave the resort — those looking to play their hand somewhere else have City of Dreams and Shoppes Cotai just across the street.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    Where is The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel located?

    The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel is located on Estrada de Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca on Macau’s Taipa Island. It would be hard to miss the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort, which is more like a mini village than a hotel, complete with Venice-inspired facades, canals and its own St. Mark’s bell tower. The Macau hotel is accessible by a quick six-minute taxi or a complimentary shuttle bus from the Cotai Jet Ferry. While the luxury hotel offers everything from mini golf to gaming — so there is little need to leave the resort — those looking to play their hand somewhere else have City of Dreams and Shoppes Cotai just across the street.
  • On September 27, 2013
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    What is the best time of year to visit Conrad Macao, Cotai Central?

    Although there’s never a bad time to visit Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Macau’s summers can be sweltering, with temperatures reaching the high 80s, plus humidity. Fall and spring offer warm temps for sightseers, though March and April are the area’s rainy months. No matter what the season, the luxury Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel has an array of both indoor and outdoor activities to keep you happy. Test your luck at the Conrad’s neighboring casinos or shop duty free at some of the world’s finest stores. If a long day of gaming leaves you spent, rejuvenate at Bodhi Spa with treatments such as Thai and Balinese massages or the Absolute Hydration Facial. There’s something for all seasons at the Macau hotel.
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    What are the rooms like at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central?

    Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has 636 guest rooms, including three spacious options: the Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite and Premiere Suite. All accommodations come with 24-hour concierge service, an LED HDTV, an iPad/iPod docking station and a Nespresso coffee machine. The luxury hotel’s suites feature a living room where you can dine or unwind. Situated in a 39-story building on the Cotai Strip, guest rooms offer a view of either the City of Dreams or the hotel’s pools. If you’re staying at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Macau hotel, enjoy exclusive access to the health club and sauna along with the pool deck, featuring four private pools, a spa pool and cabanas.
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    Where is Conrad Macao, Cotai Central located?

    Conrad Macao, Cotai Central is located on the Cotai Strip. It is in Sands Cotai Central on Macau’s Taipa Island. A convenient destination from the Cotai Jet ferry, the hotel is a quick six-minute taxi or complimentary shuttle bus from the ferry terminal or a 15-minute trip from the Turbo Jet ferry. Jetsetters are only five minutes away from Macau International Airport. In the heart of the Cotai Strip and nestled between the Holiday Inn and the Sheraton, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Conrad is also across the street from The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. In fact, The Venetian is accessible via an enclosed elevated walkway at the luxury hotel. Shoppers rejoice: The Macau hotel boasts direct access to the Shoppes Cotai, with more than 600 stores at your fingertips.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Madison’s?

    Plan ahead if you’re considering dining at Madison’s, the upscale restaurant within the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highland, North Carolina. The restaurant is one of the charming town’s most popular, and on busy weekends (particularly in summer), tables can be hard to come by. Reservations can be booked online through the inn’s website, or by calling directly at 828-787-2525. During lunch and breakfast, though, inn guests and those in town to browse the many galleries and boutiques can typically snag a table without much of a wait—all the better to dig into hearty dishes such as coddled eggs with cheddar and bacon, or shrimp and grits and savory ham hock and roasted peppers.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    Where is Madison’s located?

    Madison’s is located off the main lobby of the charming Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina. The casually elegant, Southern-influenced American restaurant is the main dining venue at this sprawling, historic inn, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The attractive room, with its rough-hewn wood beams and cozy rustic tones, has windows that look out onto the quaint town’s streets, which are filled with boutiques, art galleries and cafes. Slip into one of the comfortable banquettes and craft a meal from the seasonally driven menu—even a simple garden salad is almost too beautiful to eat, with farm-fresh vegetables and edible flower garnishes.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the price range for a meal at Clio?

    Clio falls on the pricier side of fine dining with first courses starting around $16 and entrées around $36 for the most basic dish. Expect to pay at minimum $50 per person for dinner. If you want to dine at Uni, the à la carte sushi menu will run you anywhere from $7 to $45, depending on what you order. One of the best values at Clio is the three-course tasting menu, available every Monday through Thursday for $49. The menu items change often, so there’s no way of knowing what the tasting menu will include, but if you’ve got an open palate, this might be the best option (and value) for your dining experience.
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